I’ve been writing this blog for about 9 months now and in that time I’ve written 196 (counting this one) posts. I share these posts with several Facebook and Google+ groups. Many of those groups are atheist groups and many are atheist/theist discussion groups. Every once in a while I receive a comment from a theist arguing something I’ve written, which I expected. What I didn’t expect, and what is the most common critique, comes from atheists saying my blog is pointless. God doesn’t exist and therefore there’s no reason to discuss it. These atheists couldn’t be more wrong.
Over 70% of the U.S. is christian. Too often Christianity is taught in schools and pushed by local, state, and national governments. Many schools teach creationism in science classrooms and receive public money to do so! Everyone has the right to practice their religion in private or at church. However, it is unconstitutional to push religion in public places. Yet christians want more religion in public! If atheists just sit down and be quiet without pushing back, nothing gets accomplished and religion runs rampant in our governments and schools.
Are there better blogs out there? Absolutely! Are there better blog writers? Absolutely! Are there more active activists doing more than me? You bet! But this blog takes a close look at the Bible pointing out problems and inconsistencies, something most blogs are not doing in bulk. I strongly believe I’m contributing something to the atheist activist community. Am I converting the religious to be non-religious? Probably not, but no one thing does that. A religious reader of this blog may read something that causes them to stop and think. If that happens, this blog is a success. Thinking is the greatest thing one can do on the path from religious to non-religious.
In addition, several people will share each of my posts to their Facebook or Google+ walls. Through that process other believers in God will see these posts. Again, by itself, this one source will not convert someone, but it’s a source someone may look at along with other sources that causes them to stop and think.
Yes, atheists do not believe in the words of the Bible and do not believe in a God of any kind. However, that doesn’t mean we should simply ignore it. Ignoring religious beliefs does nothing but allow those beliefs to creep into schools and governments. Ignoring these beliefs makes the world a worse place in the long run. As atheists we need to continue focusing on and discussing religious topics. It’s the only way to provide an alternative to believers who may be questioning.
Thus the purpose of this blog.